Due to the excessive heat in the country, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to schedule the upcoming ODI series against the West Indies in the evening. Normally, day/night matches begin at 2 p.m., but the game will now begin at 4 p.m.
A fast bowler died of heatstroke during a local cricket tournament in Karachi recently, causing a serious health crisis in Pakistan, which has seen record high temperatures in recent days.
The temperature is forecast to hover above 40°C in Rawalpindi and Multan in the first week of June, according to the Met Office, while numerous cities throughout the country have already seen record heat.
The cricket board will also take many preventive precautions during the match, it is worth noting. The ICC allows two drink breaks every session, but umpires may allow more if the weather is particularly bad.
This will not be the first time that a series has been arranged in the evening. Pakistan-Australia matches were again played in the evening in 2012, starting at 6 p.m. local time and finishing at 1:45 a.m.
Pakistan will host the West Indies for a three-match One-Day International series in Rawalpindi on June 8, 10, and 12. If the political situation in the twin cities worsens, the series may be moved to Multan.
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